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Heatley ready for 'opening night'

Like other aspects of the accident that killed Dan Snyder, Dany Heatley is meeting his return to the ice head on.

Updated: January 28, 2004, 11:37 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- It's hard to know for whom the moment is more important: Dany Heatley, whose appearance on the ice Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues was another huge step on the road to healing both physically and emotionally, or Heatley's team, the Atlanta Thrashers, who are in free fall and in danger of falling out of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Regardless, anyone expecting Heatley to ease back into the Thrashers' lineup is in for a surprise.

"[I'll] play the hell out of ...

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